But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Saturday, 12 October 2019 15:01

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Need Thee Every Hour

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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Can you believe it’s already almost the middle of October? Think back to when you were a child. If you were like me, this time of year seemed to absolutely drag by. It seemed to take eons to get to Halloween, and then to Thanksgiving (which, let’s face it, we were never really excited...

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:15

Sunday Morning Praise

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Rejoice, the Lord Is King

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Saturday, 05 October 2019 15:15

Strangled and Burned: Remembering William Tyndale

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Each day, millions of Christians open a Bible and read the written Word of God that is graciously given to us by the Creator of the universe. Many of these same Christians possess multiple copies of this Word. Various translations and bindings, sizes and formats may fill the bookshelf of any...

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Thursday, 03 October 2019 15:18

This ‘n’ That

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Yesterday morning, I was remembering and reflecting on God’s goodness to me even before He saved me.

Erroneously believing I was a Christian, I attended a Christian university and majored in Religious Studies. But, though the school identified as Christian, it was of a liberal bent, and I...

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Saturday, 28 September 2019 15:39

Sunday Morning Praise

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The Old Rugged Cross

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Friday, 27 September 2019 15:57

Equipping Eve: How to Get Home

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Death and dying are unpleasant subjects, but are realities nonetheless. Still, this world is not our final destination and our death will usher us into our final home. And since all of us will experience death one day—first perhaps the death of loved ones and ultimately our own...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 15:15

This ‘n’ That

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Have you ever studied the book of Amos? Me either. I’ve read through it with my Bible reading plans, of course, but never paused to consider it much more than that.

I daresay there aren’t many pastors who have tackled the book, either. In fact, it often seems to me that a great many...

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Saturday, 21 September 2019 15:37

Sunday Morning Praise

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It Is Well

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:19

This ‘n’ That

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Last week, I had an unfortunate incident with my morning bowl of Cheerios. As you might expect, I’ve found it difficult to eat cereal ever since. That is, at least, until I discovered a sample size bag of Lucky Charms in my cupboard. Deciding to relive my childhood, only this time with milk...

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 15:35

Sunday Morning Praise

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And Can It Be

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:09

This ‘n’ That

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Bookstores are dying. This makes me sad. Even though I admittedly prefer to do most of my reading on Kindle (if you’ve ever moved and had to haul boxes and boxes of books, you understand my reasoning), I still love bookstores. That’s why it was so sad to walk into Barnes & Noble...

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Saturday, 07 September 2019 15:32

Sunday Morning Praise

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O, the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 15:07

This ‘n’ That

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Do you have a favorite book that you return to again and again? Perhaps it’s one you’ve loved since childhood. It’s a bit simplistic, but significant to you, and while you know it from beginning to end, you return to it from time to time to remember its well-loved story.

Or perhaps...

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Saturday, 31 August 2019 15:29

Sunday Morning Praise

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Come Thou Fount

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 15:24

This ‘n’ That

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It’s hard to believe that August is drawing to a close! While summer is not yet officially over, it is starting to feel a bit like fall around here with cooler air and a crisp breeze. Still, I’m not quite ready to start consuming all things pumpkin-flavored yet. In my opinion, August is...

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Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:12

Sunday Morning Praise

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He Leadeth Me

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 15:29

This ‘n’ That

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I can’t be sure, but I might be mildly addicted to reruns of Password Plus. Hey, do not judge me until you’ve watched it. I guarantee you’ll be hooked by the end of the first episode.

There’s something reassuring about those old game shows and sitcoms. While I’m...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 15:15

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

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It was a relaxing Saturday afternoon, and evening was just a breath away. Stepping into the family room, I looked out at the window feeder and spotted what appeared to be a baby house finch sitting inside. Looking a little lost and with seed remnants covering his beak, he cried for his momma. She...

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Saturday, 17 August 2019 15:09

Sunday Morning Praise

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My Savior First of All

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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“People are not going to be impressed by our theological grasp, but they may be impressed by our expressions of practical godliness.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote because it is so true. Unfortunately, many doctrinally sound churches miss its truth,...

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Saturday, 10 August 2019 15:04

Sunday Morning Praise

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‘Tis So Sweet to Trust In Jesus

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 15:05

This ‘n’ That

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The football preseason started yesterday (well, at least for my team—Go Pack Go!). That inevitably causes me to look forward to autumn. Autumn is one of those seasons that seems to exist only in theory anymore. Like spring, it only appears for a week or two between summer and winter, leaving...

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Saturday, 03 August 2019 15:02

Sunday Morning Praise

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I Know Whom I Have Believed

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:30

This ‘n’ That

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“I’m really excited about this spreadsheet.”

I actually said those words yesterday. And I meant it. I am really excited about that spreadsheet.

Sometimes being an adult is boring and a little bit sad. I never would have dreamed I’d say those words or mean them so passionately....

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